Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Win Tickets to See Moving Units Perform the Songs of Joy Division

If you're a fan of Joy Division make sure you make your way to El Club this Sunday night! LA based Moving Units will take you back in time and will have you moving to the songs of this classic band. They're so good at playing as Joy Division that you might think you're at an actual Joy Division show. Check out a video of them performing below.


Ok, maybe it's not quite the same. This will definitely be a fun show though! Moving Units will also be playing a set of their original tunes. Viktor Fiction and Soviet will be joining them on the bill for the evening. Tickets to attend this great show are only $10 in advance and can be purchased here. Thanks to Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show. If you would like to enter to win, please send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #joy in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner the morning of the show and they will get in the door with a friend for free! Good luck! 


~C 



24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See the Legendary GZA of Wu-Tang Clan

Hip-hop music was forever changed when Wu-Tang Clan released their first album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993. Their follow up album Wu-Tang Forever was released in 1997 and it further sealed their place as one of the best hip-hop groups of all time. The members of the Clan all took different paths in life, but GZA stuck to music. In fact, he has recorded 6 full length albums of his own, some of them were even recorded during the height of his Wu-Tang fame. He has been deemed to have the second largest vocabulary in hip-hop music and he has spent a lot of time advocating for science education for the underprivileged in New York City. He even occasionally tours and if you're lucky enough to hear about it, you might be able to catch this legend live and in person.

GZA is coming to El Club to perform this Wednesday March 1st. He will be taking to the stage alongside Meyhem Lauren, another New York based hip hop artist. Tickets to attend the show are $25 in advance and they can be purchased here. You can also win a pair or tickets to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions, one of Detroit's hippest booking houses. If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #36chambers. We will draw one lucky person tomorrow morning and they will get to see the GZA live and in person on Detroit's best sound system!


~S 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Guide to Paczki Day in Hamtramck

A few weeks from now people across the US will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day by waking up early and partying throughout the day. But, here in Metro Detroit we kick off the celebration of food and culture a few weeks beforehand by celebrating Fat Tuesday aka Paczki Day in Hamtramck. The streets of the city are overtaken by visitors who spend their day eating and drinking traditional Polish foods, Paczkis and beers. There are a ton of cool ways to celebrate this year, so we put together a quick guide so that you can plan out your day and party the day away! 

Small's Bar:
Small's will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. this Tuesday. They will be serving up their famous Paczki bombs which usually sell out by mid-afternoon. They will have big cans of beer for sale and a variety of Polish beers on tap! There is no cover to get in and they will have live music from Polka Floyd, Eastside Elvis & the Motor City Mafia and Captains of the Head starting at 4 p.m.!

Metro Pub:
Metro Pub open at 8 a.m.  on Tuesday! They serve up Polish classics like sausage and pierogies and hand out free Paczkis from New Palace Bakery.

The Polish Sea Leauge opens early! They will start serving at 7 a.m. and will stay open until 2 a.m.! They have specials on food and drinks for the "holiday".

PLAV Post:
Plav Post will be open at 10 a.m. this Tuesday. They have a Paczki eating contest that takes place at Noon and bands playing throughout the day, from Polka Floyd, Kielbasa Kings, Danny D and the Vagabonds and The Polish Muslims. DJ Chuck E will be spinning all day long downstairs. Polish food available all day from Srodeks Polish Kitchen. They also have two full bars that will be serving up a variety of drink specials throughout the day.

Whiskey in the Jar:
This year Whiskey in the Jar's party will start at 9 a.m. They will be setting up a heated tent with a full bar and a variety of traditional Polish food! The Kielbasa Kings Polka Band take the stage at 11 a.m.  with The Polish Muslims following around 2:30. 


New Palace is the place to get a Paczki! They will open at 3 a.m. this Tuesday and close when they run out of baked goods. They have an amazing selection of Paczkis, which you can check out here.



~S

Drink it Up for a Good Cause at The Detroit Distillery This Tuesday


Pawsbuzzgo.com is a fun local Detroit blog that documents the journeys of Jessica Knapick and her sidekick a Boston terrier named Bean. The duo travels together to all sorts of fun destinations and they document their adventures on the blog. It is a must read for anyone who loves pets and adventure! It's also a really beautiful look at the relationships that we share with our pets, a indescribable bond that can never be broken or replaced.

Jessica is a passionate animal lover and she is using her clout to help raise money for other animals who aren't as lucky as Bean.  Jessica has teamed up with The Detroit Distillery to guest bartend for one night only this Tuesday, February 28th. The event is called Unleashed and the purpose is to raise money for two great Detroit charities, Motor Kitty Rescue and I Heart Dogs Rescue. Jessica has out together two huge prize packs that someone will win this Tuesday. Each prize pack is stuffed with cool items from a variety of local companies including Carhartt, Blumz... by JRDesigns, Floral and Event Professionals, Black Iris Booking, Eternal Tattoos Livonia, Stache International, Saffron, Craft Salon, Ironclad Tattoo Co. $10 dollars gets you one entry into each basket, so for $20 dollars you can be entered to win both! You can also enter as many times as you want, so keep those Alexander Hamilton's coming!

The event takes place from 4 pm till 11 pm this Tuesday. Its free to get and The Detroit Distillery is located at 2462 Riopelle St. Detroit.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dying Laughing Takes an In Depth Look at What it Takes to Be A Comedian


On the surface, Dying Laughing is a documentary about what it means to be a comedian. Directors Lloyd Stanton and Paul Toogood interview a variety of well know comics, including Neil Brennan, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Jerry Lewis, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, and Jim Jefferies, to discover what it takes to make a room full of people laugh. The documentary explores what motivated each comic to get up on stage for the first time and what makes them keep coming back. It takes a look at the ups and downs of the business while showcasing what it's really liked to get heckled and booed off stage. It gives viewers an up close look at what it takes to become a "successful" touring comic. If you have ever dreamed about getting up on stage to tell some jokes this documentary is a must see.

But, this documentary also has a deeper level to it. By telling the story of what it takes to be a comedian they give you an interesting look at what it means to pursue your dreams. One of the hardest things to do is to move forward in the face of resistance, but comedians have to keep going, working on their show, and moving to the next town to make enough money to keep their dreams alive. So, instead of sulking on each failure that they experience, they wake up and push the reset button so that they can keep pursuing the next laugh. The film was inspiring because it reminded me that things don't always go as planned, but if you want to succeed you have to keep moving forward and working hard to get to where you want to be. I think it's important to be reminded that hard work doesn't always pay off, but that doesn't mean that you can give up, you just have to work harder. The road to success will be paved with setbacks, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take the journey.   

By the time the film was over I was feeling motivated and creatively inspired. I didn't expect to get so much out of a documentary about comedy but by taking an in depth look at what it takes to make someone laugh, but I walked away feeling inspired to keep fighting no matter what setbacks might come my way. 

The documentary premieres at Cinema Detroit tonight and runs through March 2nd. You can get tickets to get a dose of inspiration and a few laughs by visiting Detroit Cinema's website here.  


~S

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Don't Miss "Trainspotting" at Midnight Madness

In 1996 Danny Boyle released an iconic film called Trainspotting. Now, over 20 years later, the cast and crew have reunited for a followup to that movie, entitled T2 Trainspotting. Before the film is released on March 17th, The Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak is giving you a chance to re-watch the original on the big screen. They will be showing Trainspotting this Friday and Saturday night as part of their Midnight Madness series.

Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller, Trainspotting tells the story of a group of friends that are addicted to heroin among other drugs. It submerges you into the life of Mark Renton (McGregor) as he tries to break his addiction. Check out the trailer for the film below.


Trainspotting will be showing this Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th at Midnight at the Main Art Theatre. The theater is located at 118 N. Main Street in Royal Oak. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased in advance here. For more info on Midnight Madness and other showings at the Main Art, click here


~C

Win Tickets to Hellmouth's "Oblivion" Release Show

This weekend Detroit's own Hellmouth will be hosting the release party for their long awaited new album. Fronted by Jay Navarro along with Justin Malek, Jeff Uberti and Alex Awn, this band has built a cult following over the years. It's rare for them to play a show and it has been years since they released a new album. So this Saturday, The Loving Touch will be packed for Hellmouth's Oblivion release show. You can listen to the entire album via Decibel Magazine here. Then head over to Fast Break Records' to pick Oblivion up on vinyl or CD.
You will also be able to pick up the album at the official release show this Saturday, February 25th. In addition to Oblivion, Hellmouth will also have a very limited edition 7" available at the show, with unreleased material from the Oblivion recording sessions as well as a Black Flag cover. There will only be 50 of those records up for grabs, so if you want one, get to the venue early! This show will definitely be packed! The lineup for Saturday is stacked with NukeWarhorsesBraidedveins and Poison Tongues. Admission is only $10, but if you're a true fan and have a Hellmouth tattoo, you will get in the door for free. You can pick your tickets for this one up in advance here. We highly suggest that you do because we're sure it will sell out.

If you want to test your luck, you can also enter to win a pair of tickets to the show. Thanks to Black Iris Booking, we are giving away one pair of tickets to this show to one lucky person. If you would like to enter to win, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #oblivion in the subject line. We will draw our winner the morning of the show and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Whether you buy your tickets now or enter to win a pair, you definitely do not want to miss this show! Doors are set to open at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.


~C

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Win Tickets to See Mike Doughty at El Club

Mike Doughty has had a pretty profound musical career. He began his musical journey as the front man for 90s rock band Soul Coughing and has put out almost 20 solo albums since 2000. He is a real singer songwriter who has spent most of his life traveling around the world and performing live. Every time he hits the stage her switches it up and does something different. He might play the same lineup from time to time, but he will never perform the same set the same way more than once. He likes to improvise, add solos and repeat parts of the sings that speak to him throughout the show, If you catch his live set this Friday it will be a once in a lifetime experience!

Wheatus will be opening the show and tickets to attend are $18 is advance and $22 the day of the show. You can purchase advance tickets here. You can also win a pair of tickets by emailing your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject #Doughty. We will draw one lucky person this Friday at they will get to attend the show at El Club for FREE with a friend.


~S

Win Tickets to See Pop Evil at The Fillmore



Michigan made musicians Pop Evil are currently on tour across the US and they will be making a stop at "home" to perform at The Fillmore in Detroit alongside Badflower. The band's latest album Up was released late last year, you can check it out here. Or you can see them perform live at The Fillmore this Friday, February 24th.

Tickets to attend the show are only $10 to $35 in advance. All ages are welcome to attend this event and to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show courtesy of Live Nation. Please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #evil if you would like to win, We will draw a winner the morning of the show and they will get to attend with a friend for free!

~S

Monday, February 20, 2017

Win Tickets to See Khruangbin with The Shacks

Houston based trio Khruangbin is headed to Detroit this week! The band is on a short tour with The Shacks and the two bands will be hitting the stage at El Club this Sunday, February 26th. Khruangbin sites 1960's Thai Funk as a major influence for their music. That sound can be heard on their debut LP, The Universe Smiles Upon You. Give it a listen for yourself below.


Tickets to see Khruangbin live with The Shacks are only $12. You can pick yours up in advance here. The night of the show they will go up to $14. Thanks to Party Store Productions and El Club we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win tickets, just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #ElClub in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. Good luck! 


~C

Win Tickets to See Telefon Tel Aviv at El Club

This Saturday night Ghostly International takes over El Club for a night of amazing music. They're calling the event Spiritual America and it will feature four great acts. The lineup for the evening includes Hieroglyphic Being, Telefon Tel Aviv, JTC and Detroit's own Shigeto. Telefon Tel Aviv is currently on a short tour and Detroit is lucky enough to be one of the six stops on his way. So if you're a fan, you definitely won't want to miss this!

Admission to see this lineup is only $5 if you get to the club before 10 p.m. or $10 after 10. You can also purchase tickets in advance for just $5 here. Thanks to Party Store Productions and El Club we are also giving away a free pair of tickets to this event! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, send your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #ghostly in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

All ages are welcome to attend this show and doors are set to open at 9 p.m.


~C

Katoi is Down But Not Out

Friday morning we all woke up to the heart breaking news that Katoi had been burned down overnight. The Thai inspired gem opened less than a year ago and quickly became one of the hippest spots in the city. In fact, the restaurant was named Best New Restaurant by The Detroit Free Press  just about a week ago. Police and investigators believe that someone broke into the space and stole cash and alcohol before starting the fire and fleeing the scene. They noted that their was also a similar break in down the street at Nemo's Bar a few hours earlier that night.
The owners of Katoi have already made it clear that the restaurant will be coming back and there are rumors that they will hold some pop ups around town in the interim. Local businesses have also come together to help find employment for the 25+ people who are temporarily out of work. Motor City Wine  hosted a variety of DJs and held an event to collect money last Saturday and a Go Fund Me page has been started for the owners and staff. Lots of Detroiters are also showing their support for the space by leaving five star reviews on the restaurant's Facebook.

Our hearts go out to the owners and staff of what quickly became one of our favorite spaces. We hope that it won't be too long before we are visiting and enjoying all the cool things that Chef Brad cooks up. We look forward to sharing a meal together someday soon and we hope that in the meantime Detroiters can all come together to donate a few bucks to make these hard times a little bit easier! 


~S

Grunge Night at The LT

This Wednesday, February 22nd The Loving Touch is hosting a grunge night. They have gotten together 12 different cover bands to play 3 or 4 hits from the '90s. In between each band they will also be spinning a mash up of hits from everyone's favorite flannel filled decade.

Local acts like Siamese, Those Hounds, The Messenger Birds, and After Dark Amusement Park will be performing.  Hip in Detroit's own Sadie Q will even be making an appearance as Courtney Love with an all female cover band, comprised of some of Detroit's most talented musicians. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. this Wednesday and it is FREE to get in. 18 and older are welcome to attend! 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Support the ACLU Tonight at The Loving Touch

Tonight a bunch of very different bands will be coming together at The Loving Touch because they all have something in common; they care about this country, the people in it, and our civil liberties. In the past few weeks since Donald Trump became President, it has been one thing after another. Every day someone feels threatened and is afraid that their rights or beliefs will be violated. It is a time where we all have to come together and stand up for what we believe in. So, tonight The Loving Touch is hosting a fundraiser for the ACLU.

Admission for this great event is only $5, but you can donate more if you want! The lineup for the evening includes Jeb Bettis, CruneELSIE BINXAcoustic AshThe Black DropsBlanca LuzCome Out FightingGolden Torso and LOKELLA. In addition to some great music, there will also be a great raffle with awesome prizes from local businesses. The list of prizes includes items from Blumz... by JRDesigns, Floral and Event Professionals, BrightlytwistedDetroit Public TheatreErin Brott and Long White BeardLittle House Studio Co., Oomla, Inc., Slipstream Theatre InitiativeThe Loving Touch, The Purple Rose and more.

It all starts this Friday night at 7 p.m. For more info on this great event, click here. For more information on the ACLU and what they do, head to ACLU.org.


~C

We're Obsessed with Leather Goods Made by Detroit Based Brand Anthony Neil

This past holiday season I went out of my way to shop local and shop small. Meaning, unless somebody on my list wanted something specific, I kept it real and bought most of my gifts from The Detroit Urban Craft Fair, Etsy, and cool local shops throughout Metro Detroit. I hit up a lot of bazaars and holiday parties and found cool one of a kind things for most of the people on my list. It is sort of magical when you can find unique interesting things from small vendors that will make someone happy because you feel a lot better about the purchase and can be pretty sure that you are not going to ever buy a repeat gift!

This year, during my yearly visit to Brightly Twisted for their insane holiday party, I discovered a new local designer named C'erra E. who owned a leather company called Anthony Neil. She had set up a table for the event and had a variety of clutch purses and other small leather goods for sale at the show. All of her stuff was amazing, unique and very well made so I spent half of the night talking her ear off. C'erra E. hand cuts all her products and hand stitches them in her Detroit studio. She sources really cool fabrics and create one of a kind pieces of wearable art.  She is full of passion and her work ethic and passion comes across in her designs. After the party I reached out to the designer to learn more about her brand. If you into fine leather goods, consider shopping local with Anthony Neil! 


HID- Why did you name your company Anthony Neil?
C'erra E.- "The brand is name after my father, Neil Anthony, who raised me in our Detroit home. My father is known to be a loving, giving, fun man and a music lover."

HID- Why did you decide to use leather to make your products?
C'erra E.- "Anthony Neil started off as a beauty brand, wanting to make cosmetic bags out of leather so the corners wouldn't tear up so easily like most do."

HID- How did you learn how to work with leather in the first place?
C'erra E.- "I am a self taught leather crafter. I learned by reading, YouTube, I took a few workshops and have been perfecting my craft daily.

HID- What made you decide to design purses and accessories?
C'erra E.- "Designing handbags and accessories was not the initial goal, cosmetic bags were and what has evolve is what we have now. My initial thought was to find a way to get the brand known and that started off with the leather balloon tassel and then I developed the Melinda essentials clutch and continued to build from there."

HID- Where can people see and buy your handmade goods?
C'erra E.- "Our new lovers can purchase leather at Anthonyneil.com, in Detroit Is The New Black and also Viola Boutique.

HID- How do you describe your personal style?
C'erra E.- "My personal style is edgy chic. I love white tee shirts, skirts, dresses with pattern and color."

HID- Why did you choose to launch your business in the City of Detroit?
C'erra E.- "I am from Detroit and was born and raised in Detroit and wanted to create a brand true to what the city has always been, so I launched it in its birthplace."

HID- What designers inspire you?
C'erra E.- "I am inspired by Rebecca Minkoff, Kenzo, Hermes, Etro."

HID- Are their any other Detroit designers or artist that you love? Wanna share them with us?
C'erra E.- "I love the artwork of Rosco Spears, Phil of The Smile Brand, Chris of The Dirt Label, jewelry designer Valentina of Vajze."

HID- Do you think you’ll eventually expand into other products?
C'erra E.- "I will expand the brand. Anthony Neil is a lifestyle leather brand, so there is surely more to come."

HID- Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
C'erra E.- "Anthony Neil was created for the Edgy, Sexy, Bold & always Inviting. The person who bets on themselves and know they are sure to win, thats who we are for. Anthony Neil celebrates The Power of You."

Shop Anthony Neil here


~S

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ray & Laura's Comedy Showcase Raises Money for Suck It Suicide at Small's

This Saturday night those funny folks from Ray & Laura's Comedy Showcase will be holding their annual fundraiser for Suck It Suicide. This time around they've decided to do a comedy jam! Ray & Laura have invited six comedians to join them for the evening, the list includes Blain Hill, Alex Bozinovic, Josh Adams, D'Anne Witkowski, John Mahar and Ellen Stachowicz. These comedians will not only make you laugh your ass off with their stand-up routines, but then they will make you laugh twice as hard while they perform the song of their choice. The comedians will be performing as everyone from Danzig to Prince backed up by the Ray & Laura house band. The entire awesome night will be hosted by Jeremy Shipley.

It's all happening this Saturday, February 18th at Small's in Hamtramck. Admission is only $5 with proceeds going to Suck It Suicide. There will also be some great raffles throughout the night, with prizes being given away from Eternal TattoosInkAddict, Ironclad Tattoo, Red Wings, Skin Boutique, several local artists and more! The most coveted prize; a chainsaw!!! All of these great prizes have been donated, which means the money you spend on raffle tickets just goes to help the cause.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Saturday and the show will start at 9. For more info on Suck It Suicide and all of the great work that they do, click here.


~C

Watch the Vagina Monologues Tonight at the Jam Handy

Every year around Valentine's Day women across the world gather to perform The Vagina Monologues in various theaters. The play, which was written and originally released by Eve Ensler in 1994, has become a must see for feminists world wide. The monologues are a collection of stories that Ensler wrote after talking with women of every background, age, race, and sexual identity. The monologues are usually around 5 to 10 minutes long each and they are very powerful. Some of them lift you up, some of them tear you down and make you cry, and all of them give you an interesting look at what it means to be a women.  

You can catch a live performance of The Monologues tonight at the Jam Handy. Tickets to attend this live show are only $10 at the doors and proceeds go to a wonderful Detroit charity called Alternatives for Girls. To learn more about tonight's live performance in Detroit click here


~S 

Win Tickets to See Awesome Jarvis & The Whales and Friends at The Old Miami

Awesome Jarvis & The Whales made their big comeback just a few months ago and now you have a chance to see them once again! They will be hitting the stage at The Old Miami this Saturday, February 18th along with their good friends in Remnose and Hail Alien. To get a feel for the band and remind yourself how great they are, head over and listen to their latest release Ride The Whale here. While you're at it, give Remnose a listen here and Hail Alien here.

Admission for Saturday's show is only $5 and 21+ are welcome to attend the show. However, if you would rather spend that 5 bucks on a beer or two, we are also giving away a couple of pairs of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win, just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #whale in the subject line. We will draw 2 lucky winners on Saturday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

Doors are set to open at 8 p.m. on Friday. For more info on this event, click here.


~C

Win Tickets to See Naomi Punk at UFO Factory

This Friday night, Party Store Productions is bringing Naomi Punk to Detroit. These Washington based grunge rockers will be hitting the stage at UFO Factory. along with PC Worship, Mexican Knives and Village Wives. Tickets to see this awesome lineup are only $10 and can be purchased in advance here.


We are also giving away one pair of tickets to this show to one lucky person! If you would like to enter to win, please send your name over to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #naomi in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner this Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize. Good luck! 


~C

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Win Tickets to See Mykki Blanco at El Club

Riot Grrrl, punk rocker, and hip hop artist Mykki Blanco is coming to Detroit to headline one hell of a lineup at El Club this Friday, February 17th. Forget celebrating Valentine's Day, save your dollars and head up to El Club to get freaky with Mykki this Friday. Haute to Death and DJ Adriel Fantastique will be playing tunes throughout the night and Cakes Da Killer will be opening the show. If you're not familiar with Mykki's work you can check out his 2016 release Mykki here.

Friday night's event is all ages and the fun starts at 8 p.m. Tickets to attend the party are $14 in advance and $18 the day of the show. We also have one pair of tickets to give away to attend the party with a friend for free, If you would like to enter to win, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #blanco. We will draw one lucky person this Friday and they will get to attend the show with a friend for free.


~S

Win Tickets to Spend an Evening with Jacob Collier

This week musical prodigy Jacob Collier will be making his way to the stage at El Club. The London based jazz musician spent the last year working on music with Ben Bloomberg at MIT and perfecting his live show. Now he is ready to show off what he has been working on as he embarks on tour. To get a feel for Jacob's sound, head over and check out his latest album In My Room, which brought home 2 Grammys for the artist this weekend!

Jacob Collier will be playing at El Club in Southwest Detroit this Thursday, February 16th. Tickets for the show are $25 and can be purchased in advance here. Thanks to the fine folks at Party Store Productions and El Club we are also giving away one pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, please send your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #collier in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Thursday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize! Good luck!


~C

Monday, February 13, 2017

Celebrate Valentines Day with B. Nektar

The B. Nektar Meadery in Ferndale is lighting a few candles and turning the lights way down low this Tuesday, February 14th for Valentine's Day. They will be releasing their latest brew, called Rhube Strawberg, a strawberry and rhubarb cocktail that is ready just in time for the the reddest day of the year.
They will also be blasting lots of 90's R&B and The Nosh Pit food truck will be parked right outside the door serving up food throughout the night. Plus, they will have a craft table set up for everyone to make their own Valentine's Day cards for the person who holds their heart. If you are looking for a great low key place to have a romantic date with someone special, B. Nektar is the perfect place to toast to your love this holiday!


~S

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Win Tickets to See Dynohunter at El Club

Dynohunter is currently making their way across the U.S. on the "Point of Departure Tour". They have already made stops in places like Baltimore and Philly and they have been selling out a lot of their shows. They will be making a stop in Detroit to perform at El Club this Wednesday, February 15th. They put together a cool little tour video to give you a taste of what you can expect when they come to town.


Their music is meant to get everyone dancing. Pilar Cote will be oping up the night and tickets to attend the event are $10.  We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of Party Store Productions, one of Detroit's best booking houses. If you would like to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #dynohunter. We will draw one lucky winner this Wednesday and they will get to attend the Detroit stop of the tour for free! 


~S

Friday, February 10, 2017

Seraphine Collective Puts a Love Spell on Marble Bar this Sunday

This Sunday night head to Marble Bar for a night of great music and to help raise money for the Seraphine Collective. This group needs your help to put on a DJ workshop and to continue building a feminist community in Detroit. So, they have called on some of their friends to play a show and set up some cool pop-ups throughout the bar. The music lineup for the evening includes don't, Leggy, T-Rextacy, Tim Schumack and DJ Octavia. There will also be pop-ups from Sister PieDr. SushiKitchen Ramarj and Warung Keke. And if that isn't enough, there will be a psychic on site, tarot card readings and Hedgewitch Holistics.

Admission to get into this awesome event is only $5 in advance here. The night of the event, admission will be $10 at the door. Thanks to Party Store Productions we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to win, just send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #seraphine in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Sunday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.


~C

Win Tickets to Go Metal this Monday

The female booking babes of Black Iris Booking and Party Store Productions have teamed up to bring you a metal Monday night. They are bringing Message To The Masses, Altered Perceptions and My Heart to Fear to the stage at El Club. They are calling this tour the Unleash The Freaks Tour. They will be traveling across the US together and stopping at El Club this Monday, February 13th. Tickets are $10 and you can scoop them up in advance here.

We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show. If you would like to enter to enjoy a metal Monday, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #metal. We will draw one lucky person and make their Monday!


~S

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Don't Miss The Go Rounds with Gold Crayon and River Spirit!

Tonight The Loving Touch is hosting a great show that you won't want to miss! The Go Rounds are making their way to town from Kalamazoo and will be hitting the stage with Gold Crayon and River Spirit. This show is one of the first stops that The Go Rounds are making on a tour that will take them across the Midwest and down south. Give their latest album i promise i won't get hurt a listen below.


Gold Crayon is another great band that you probably haven't had the chance to see in a while. They haven't really played much since last summer, but we can't blame them. We aren't big on going out in the cold either! They have been working on some new tunes, but in the meantime, we suggest that you head over and give some of their original releases a listen on bandcamp here

Last, but definitely not least is River Spirit. This is another band that you don't have a chance to see every night of the week! The trio was recently included on a Grand Circus mixtape, you can give that a listen here.

Admission to see these three great bands live is only $6 and tickets can be purchased in advance here. All ages are welcome to attend and doors are set to open at 8 p.m. For more info on this event, click here.


~C  

Win Tickets to See Adam Devine at The Fillmore

If you're looking for a fun night out full of laughs, you definitely will want to make your way to The Fillmore this Saturday, February 11th. Funny man Adam Devine will be hitting the stage as part of his Weird Life Tour 2017. Chances are, if you see Adam's face, you'll immediately recognize him. You've seen him on shows like Workaholics and Modern Family and in movies like Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and The Intern. Well his stand up is just as hilarious as all of those! Check out a clip below.


If you would like to see Adam Devine live and spend the evening laughing your ass off, you can pick your tickets up in advance for $35 here. Thanks to our friends at Live Nation Detroit and The Fillmore we are also giving away a pair of tickets to this show! If you would like to enter to win those tickets, just send your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #funny in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and they will get to go to Saturday's show with a friend for free! 

Doors are set to open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and all ages are welcome to attend and enter. Good luck! 


~C 

Win Tickets to Barely Human Fest

This weekend a new fest is coming to town and its taking over El Club for the entire weekend! Barely Human Fest will feature post-punk, industrial, and synth-wave acts as well as some great DJs. There will be a good mix of Detroit bands alongside touring acts from as far as NYC and LA. Some of the bands playing include Casual Sweetheart, Ritual Howls, and Adult. You can check out the full lineup on the Facebook event page here.

Barely Human Fest kicks off Friday night and runs through Sunday. Tickets for the entire weekend are $50 and can be purchased in advance here. Individual night passes are also available for $20 a night in advance or $25 a night at the door. Thanks to Party Store Productions we are also giving away one pair of weekend passes to this awesome event! If you would like to enter to win those passes, send your name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with #human in the subject line. We will draw one lucky winner on Friday morning and will send them details on how to claim their prize.

For more information on this fest and for advance single day tickets, click here.


~C

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Stand Up For Planned Parenthood in Detroit this Saturday!

It has been just over two weeks since Donald Trump was sworn into office as President of the United Stated of America, but a lot has happened in those two weeks. Those of us that disagree with Mr. Trump have been consistently disappointed as he has attacked the things that we hold closest to our hearts. From the failed strike in Yemen to the promise of building a wall, he has shown us that we are going to have to fight him tooth and nail to keep the things that we hold most dear.

Personally, a women's right to choose what happens to her body is one of the most important issues that is under attack today. I believe that if women don't have the right to control how and when they have children, they are not really free and they are not really equal, Furthermore, access to reproductive education and contraceptives is vital to a women's life and we need to do everything we can to give everyone access to making the best choices for their families. Donald Trump and his administration have made it clear that they are going to focus on taking away as many of those rights as possible and, to put it simple, we won't put up with this bullshit. The right to choose is non-negotiable. It is a constitutional right and we won't let it be attacked like this.

That being said, the right is planning to hold a protest against Planned Parenthood this Saturday, February 11th. In response to the anti-choice protest, pro-choice supporters are planning to gather to show our support for Planned Parenthood. In case you're not familiar with PP and what they do you can learn more here. They provide vital reproductive services in places where people do not have the access to the care that they deserve. I personally used them for years when I wasn't able too afford healthcare and I donate to them every month because of it. Pro-choice supporters will be meeting at 4229 Cass Ave. at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday. Signs in support of Planned Parenthood and pink clothing to show your solidarity are encouraged. For more information and updates on the peaceful counter protest, follow the event on Facebook here.


 ~S

Win Tickets to Dita Von Teese's "The Art of the Teese"

This week The Fillmore is bringing something different to the stage. Instead of having a band play or hosting an awards show they are bringing the queen of burlesque, Miss Dita Von Teese to the stage to perform her one of a kind show this Thursday evening.

Von Teese was actually born right here in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She started ballet training at a very young age and has a deep fascination with the films from The Golden Age of Hollywood.  She has been practicing corseting her whole life and boasts a 22 inch waist that can be tied down to around 16.5 inches. But, she is best known for making burlesque popular. Her art of dancing and entertaining is world renowned, and there is truly no one like her.
Her live act is called "The Art of The Teese". It is a full burlesque production that features Dita doing everything from dancing to getting really wet up in a cocktail glass. The show is almost sold out because Dita is a sight that must be seen. Tickets for this one range from $35 to $100. You can purchase them here, but you might want to hurry because this one is going to sell out! We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show courtesy of the bad ass team at Live Nation Detroit. If you would like to enter to win tickets, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #teese. We will draw one lucky winner to attend the soon to be sold out show this Thursday morning!


~S

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Wayne's World at Select Theaters this Week

This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most excellent movies of all time, Wayne's World. What started as a sketch on Saturday Night Live, later became a movie that has been quoted time and time again and gone down as one of the best comedies of all time. To celebrate the anniversary of this iconic film, select theatres are showing the movie for two days only. This Tuesday, February 7th and Wednesday, February 8th you can see Wayne and Garth on the big screen once again! In case you need to be reminded why you should head to theaters to see this movie, re-watch the trailer.


Can anyone listen to "Bohemian Rhapsody" without thinking of this movie? Less than 20 theaters in all of Michigan are showing Wayne's World in honor of its anniversary and most of those theaters only have one showtime. So we highly suggest that you purchase your tickets in advance! For a list of participating theatres, showtimes, and advance tickets click here. To see interviews and celebrate Wayne's World's 25th, head over to the official Facebook page here.


~C 

Awesome FREE Show at Kelly's this Wednesday

This Wednesday night we have a great reason for you to get your butt off that couch and the best part about it is that it's FREE! We're all about free stuff and hopefully you are too! This time around it's a free show and the lineup for the evening includes Party Days, Bave and Mocsha. All three of these bands are newer to the scene. Give them each a listen below.




On top of this being a great show, Wednesday night Timmy will also be serving up his awesome tacos! Even more reason to make your way to Kelly's! The bands are set to start at 9:30 p.m. and the party will go until the bar closes at 2 a.m. Kelly's bar is located at 2403 Holbrook in Hamtramck. For more info on this show, click here.


~C

Head to Your Favorite Bar to Watch Detroiters and Have a FREE Beer

This Tuesday, February 7th a brand new show is premiering on Comedy Central that is all about two guys in Detroit. The show, appropriately titled Detroiters, stars Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson. Some other big names make appearances on the show too, like Detroit's own Keegan-Michael Key and Jason Sudeikis, who is also an Executive Producer of the show along with Lorne Michaels.

Detroiters tells the story of "Sam (Richardson) and Tim (Robinson), two local ad men who make low budget commercials in Detroit. But the two best friends, much like the city in which they live, aspire to achieve great things." Judging by the clips that have been released on the show's Facebook page, the pair aren't too bright and the show is reminiscent of the movie Dumb and Dumber, except these guys aren't quite as dumb as Harry & Lloyd. See what we mean in the trailer below.


Detroiters premieres tonight on Comedy Central at 10:30 p.m. Since the network is so excited about this show and the premiere, they are hosting premiere parties throughout the city. The best part of these parties; Comedy Central is picking up the tab! That's right, Comedy Central is buying you a free beer at some of the best bars around Detroit. The list of bars that are having premiere parties includes Anchor Bar, The Bronx, Bumbo's, Checker Bar, Donovan's, El Club, the Garden Bowl, Green Dot Stables, Harry's, Honest Johns, Jumbos, Kelly's Bar, Marble Bar, Nancy Whiskeys, Nemo's, Northern Lights, The Old Miami, The Painted Lady, PJ's Lager House, Punch Bowl Social, Queens Bar, The Baltimore, Old Shillelagh and Ye Old Tap Room. Free beers are available from 10-11 p.m. and everyone is entitled to one free beer. 

So, if nothing else, this is a great reason to get out of the house on a Tuesday night! If that sounds a bit too ambitious for you, just stay on your couch and tune in at 10:30 p.m. Let's see what these two Detroiters are all about! 


~C

Monday, February 6, 2017

24 Hour Giveaway: Win Tickets to See Cloud Nothings at El Club

Cloud Nothings is currently on tour in support of their latest album Life Without Sound. The new album was released on Carpark Records, it features nine songs and was produced and mixed by John Goodmanson.

The band will be making a visit to Detroit to perform at El Club this Tuesday, February 7th. The Moon Bros will also be performing to open the show. El Club's doors open at 5 p.m. and happy hour runs until 7 p.m. The kitchen offers up a wide variety of tasty treats, including pizza. The music will start around 8 p.m. and it's only $16 to purchase your tickets in in advance and $18 to get them at the door the night of the show.  You can purchase advance tickets here.

We also have one pair of tickets to give away to the show. If you would like to enter to win them, please email your full name to hipindetroit@gmail.com with the subject line #CN. We will draw one lucky person early on Tuesday morning and they will get to attend the show for FREE with a friend!


~S
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